Nets hold on to beat Thunder 94-92
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jarrett Jack scored 23 points off the bench to help the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-92 on Friday night and snap a five-game losing streak.
Reggie Jackson, who led the Thunder with 21 points, missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Thunder lost their fifth straight and have the league's second-longest losing streak.
Deron Williams scored 17 points, Brook Lopez had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mirza Teletovic added 13 points for the Nets.
Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Morrow had 11 points and Steven Adams added 10 for the Thunder.
The Thunder, besieged by injuries all season and at times limited to eight active players, finally got some depth. Andre Roberson started after playing limited minutes the previous game and missing the seven games before that with a sprained left foot. Thunder coach Scott Brooks used 10 players in the first half, and Oklahoma City led 53-49 at the break.
The Thunder led 63-60 early in the second half when Jackson drove to the hoop and threw down a hammer dunk on both Lopez and Kevin Garnett that got the crowd energized. Oklahoma City continued the charge and expanded its lead to nine, but the Nets cut the deficit to three in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Brooklyn led 93-85 after a 3-pointer by Jack with just over 2 minutes to play. But the Thunder rallied, and a pair of free throws by Jackson cut the Nets' lead to 93-90 with 46 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma City got a stop, then Jackson scored on a bank shot with 5.5 seconds left. Johnson was fouled with 4.9 seconds left, and he made one of two to give the Thunder the ball, down two with 4.6 seconds left, before Jackson's miss.
Thunder: Brooks said injured stars Kevin Durant (broken right foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken right hand) are coming along well in their recoveries from injuries. Both are able to do limited work in practice, but neither are participating in contact drills. ... Thunder shot 67 percent in the first quarter to take a 27-21 lead.
Nets: Brooklyn shot 54 percent in the first half. ... The Nets lost their previous game to Milwaukee in triple overtime. ... Bojan Bogdanovic, who entered the game second among rookies in scoring (11.3 per game), finished with three points on 0-for-5 shooting.
Oklahoma City plays host to Golden State on Sunday
Brooklyn plays at San Antonio on Saturday.
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